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Reggie Perrin is a remake of the classic series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin by David Nobbs, who cowrites this series with Simon Nye, the creator of Men Behaving Badly , and starring Martin Clunes as Reggie.


This show provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Monty, Reggie's best friend, to Nicola.
  • All for Nothing: By the end of the series, Reggie is right back where he started.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Reggie has a number of fantasies about Jasmine Strauss, his beautiful coworker. Chris forces a kiss on Jasmine, and smacks Nicola on the backside.
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  • Bad Boss: Chris Jackson, a cross between this and a Pointy-Haired Boss, which is more akin to C.J. from the original. The chairman, Mr. Fox, is fairly mean-spirited too, but his behaviour is somewhat justified in the face of Reggie's antics.
  • Badass Baritone: Mr. Fox, the chairman.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: More like brilliant but uninspired, Reggie can make excellent ad campaigns and new product ideas with very short notice, he just really wishes he wasn't.
  • Catchphrase: Chris and William borrow C.J. and Jimmy's catchphrases from the old series, whilst Anthony and Steve have "I'm almost physically excited by (X)...".
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After his (feeble) attempt to seduce Nicola, Monty is never seen again.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Reggie of course.
  • The Ditz: Sue. Vicky to some extent, though she's a more moody variant. She gets better in series two, especially when Reggie comes back.
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  • Double Standard: When Reggie is having a breakdown, Nicola doesn't seem to notice, but expets complete sympathy from him when she goes through one of her own.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Reggie records the chairman confessing Groomtech is overpriced and plays it back to potential buyers.
  • Granola Girl: Sue, the company's "Wellness Person".
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Nicola.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Jasmine to Reggie.
  • Imagine Spot: Well it is Reggie Perrin...
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Sue : "you (X) sausage".
  • Remake Cameo: Reggie walks by the old Sunshine Desserts building, whilst Chris reads "Boss" magazine with C.J. (his old series Expy)'s face on the cover.
  • The Starscream: Steve is a rather spiteful example, when Anthony receives promotion ahead of him, he stops trying to work and becomes sullen and uncooperative.
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  • The Un-Favourite: Sue, whose parents allegedly preferred her sister.
  • Yes-Man: Anthony and Steve.
  • You Are What You Hate: David was cheated on by his wife, and later sleeps with Nicola.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Reggie narrowly avoids cheating with Jasmine, but both characters remain sympathetic. Nicola and David, on the other hand...
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